11 wild stories behind Hollywood kissing scenes: ‘Would you two mind if I say cut?’

Whether it’s the chaste spaghetti kiss in Lady and the Tramp or Zendaya’s three-way tonsil tennis in Challengers, there’s a long and varied history of Hollywood kisses. You’ve got the scariest – seriously, Jim Carey, were you trying to eat Lauren Holly in Dumb and Dumber? The longest – a cramp-inducing six minutes and 44 seconds in Kids in America. The rainiest – Andie MacDowell and Hugh Grant in Notting Hill, don’t pretend you didn’t notice. And I’ll spare you the agony of going into the sloppiest here.

Sometimes, actors enjoy it. Margot Robbie said she improvised a smooch with Brad Pitt in Babylon, just because she wanted to. “I thought, ‘When else am I gonna get the chance to kiss Brad Pitt?’ I’m just going to go for it,” she confessed. Other times, they don’t like it so much. Emily Blunt revealed that kissing certain actors made her want to throw up. Nice.

To celebrate Hollywood kisses, good and bad, we’ve compiled a list of the ones with the wildest stories behind them. So, without further ado, get your laughing gear around these…

Three’s a crowd: Diana Rigg, George Lazenby and the garlic

Countess Teresa di Vicenzo might have been the only Bond girl to get 007 to the altar – but the actor did not get on well with her co-star George Lazenby.

Ever since On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was released in 1969, it has been rumoured that Dame Diana Rigg despised Lazenby so much that she deliberately ate garlic before her love scenes with him.

But according to Lazenby, this story was blown out of proportion. In a 1981 interview with 007 Magazine, he said: “That was another press thing that blew up in Pinewood. We were having lunch just before the love scene, and there were a lot of press around because they were invited that day. Diana Rigg was having lunch about four or five tables away and she yelled quite loudly, ‘I’m having garlic today George, I hope you are.’ You know, it was just a joke. They took it down as if she ate garlic so she could put me off…”

Lazenby, however, seems to have been the one who had fuelled the rumour originally, as Rigg wrote in her open letter to Daily Sketch in 1970: “I’m tired of reading those paranoid statements to the press… No, George, I did not eat garlic on purpose.”

Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire go upside-down

Kirsten Dunst has been open about her “miserable” experience filming the famous upside-down smooching scene in Spider-Man, the 2002 epic from Sam Raimi that helped usher in the blockbuster superhero era.

In the scene, which takes place in a New York alleyway, Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man is seen dangling upside-down from his web while locking lips with Dunst’s Mary-Jane Watson (who, naturally, is standing upright).

“I remember Sam Raimi giving me a book of famous kisses to be inspired… he really wanted to make it special even though it was kind of miserable actually doing it,” Dunst revealed on The Jonathon Ross Show. “It was pouring with rain, freezing, Tobey couldn’t breathe so it was almost like I was resuscitating him.”

In another interview, Maguire said he was “practically suffocating” in the moment because rain was pouring down his nose, and had to take quick, short breaths out of the side of his mouth. He described filming the scene as “torture”, adding: “It makes you realise how important oxygen is.” Not so hot.

Tony Curtis said smooching Marilyn Monroe was like ‘kissing Hitler’

While filming Billy Wilder’s 1958 classic Some Like it Hot, Tony Curtis made his infamous remark that shooting a love scene with co-star Marilyn Monroe was “like kissing Hitler”.

This would imply that the pair couldn’t stand each other, but in his 2009 memoir, Curtis claimed that the two actors were actually lovers at the time, and that their affair resulted in Monroe’s pregnancy – although she later suffered a miscarriage. Both were married at the time, he to Janet Leigh and she to the playwright Arthur Miller.

Curtis claimed that it was while they were confessing to Miller that Monroe surprised them both with the news that she was pregnant. “I was stunned,” Curtis wrote. “I just stood there. The room was so silent that I could hear tyres screeching on Santa Monica Boulevard.”

It also turned out the “kissing Hitler” remark was taken out of context. During a Guardian interview at BFI Southbank, Curtis explained: “Someone said to me, ‘Hey, what’s it like kissing Marilyn?’ I said, ‘It’s like kissing Hitler. What are you doing asking me such a stupid question?’ That’s where it came from.”

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